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Gay Parenting Coventry RI

Becoming parents can be a big decision for gay and lesbian couples, with many factors to consider. Should you adopt, or get a surrogate or donor? What’s the best way to raise a child as same-sex parents? Check below for related information, products and services.

Ms. Kimberly Perry
Kimberly Perry, MSW, LICSW
(401) 497-0587
3657 Post Rd. Suite 6
Warwick, RI
Credentials
Credentials: MSW, LICSW
Licensed in Rhode Island
15 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder, Behavioral Problems, Bipolar Disorders, Career/Employment Concerns, Child Abuse and Neglect, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Dissociative Disorders, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss,
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), Children of Divorce, Offenders/Perpetrators, Disabled, Caregivers, Step Families, Chronic Illness, Cancer Patients, Interracial Families/Couples, Biracial, Grandparents
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Preschool (Under 6), Children (6-12), Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

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Ms. Lori Dorsey
(401) 225-1525
900 Reservoir Avenue, 2nd floor
Cranston, RI
Credentials
Credentials: LICSW, LCDCS, CCDP-D
Licensed in Rhode Island
20 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Addictions/Other (gambling, sex, etc.), Addictions/Substance, Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Bipolar Disorders, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Interpersonal Relationships, Obsessive/Compulsive Disorder, Phobias, Trauma/PTSD, Dual Diagnosis, Women's Issues
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), Disabled
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

Data Provided By:
Dr. Carol Jensen
(401) 351-0231
Two Regency Plaza, Suite 4
Providence, RI
Credentials
Credentials: PhD
Licensed in Massachusetts
32 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Child Abuse and Neglect, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Domestic Violence, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Obsessive/Compulsive Disorder, Parenting Issues, Sexual Abuse/Rape, Stress, Trauma/PTSD,
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), Children of Divorce, Military/Veterans, Step Families, College Students
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Preschool (Under 6), Children (6-12), Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

Data Provided By:
Mr. Stephen Muggeo
Stephen S. Muggeo, LICSW
(401) 272-3419
9 South Angell Street
Providence, RI
Credentials
Credentials: LICSW
Licensed in Rhode Island
15 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Bipolar Disorders, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Parenting Issues, Phobias, Stress, Trauma/PTSD, Gender Identity, Life Transitions, Sexuality Issues
Populations Served
Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual, Step Families, College Students
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Children (6-12), Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

Data Provided By:
Judith Scarfpin
(401) 885-6772
East Greenwich, RI
Practice Areas
Clinical Mental Health, Couples & Family, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Ms. Norma Welitoff
Norma L. Welitoff, LICSW
(401) 378-7878
1130 Ten Rod Road Suite E 206B
North Kingstown, RI
Credentials
Credentials: LICSW
Licensed in Rhode Island
17 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Addictions/Substance, Aging, Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder, Behavioral Problems, Bipolar Disorders, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Domestic Violence, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships,
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), Children of Divorce, Military/Veterans, Caregivers, Step Families, Chronic Illness, Cancer Patients, Grandparents
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Preschool (Under 6), Children (6-12), Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

Data Provided By:
Ms. Robin Haas
Robin Haas, LICSW
(401) 781-6600
747 Pontiac Ave Suite 305
Cranston, RI
Credentials
Credentials: LICSW
Licensed in Massachusetts
11 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Adoption/Foster Care, Child Abuse and Neglect, Depression, Eating Disorders, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Learning Disabilities, Parenting Issues, Pregnancy/Childbirth, Self Abuse, Sexual Orientation, Stress, Trauma/PTSD, Ed
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), AIDS/HIV+, Children of Divorce, Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual, Transgendered, Step Families
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Preschool (Under 6), Children (6-12), Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

Data Provided By:
Ms. Waltraut Benjamin
Waltraut Benjamin LICSW, DCSW
(508) 252-4861
105 Medway Street
Providence, RI
Credentials
Credentials: LICSW
Licensed in Rhode Island
22 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Behavioral Problems, Bipolar Disorders, Career/Employment Concerns, Child Abuse and Neglect, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Multicultural Issues, Obsessive/Compuls
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), AIDS/HIV+, Children of Divorce, Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual, Transgendered, Immigrants/Refugees, Step Families, Chronic Illness, Interracial Families/Couples, Biracial, Grandparents
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Children (6-12), Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

Data Provided By:
Mr. Michael Castaldi
(401) 847-8040
82 Valley Road
Middletown, RI
Credentials
Credentials: LICSW
Licensed in Rhode Island
20 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Behavioral Problems, Couple or Marital Issues, Family Dysfunction, Interpersonal Relationships, Parenting Issues, Men's Issues
Populations Served
Children of Divorce, Military/Veterans, Step Families
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Children (6-12), Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

Data Provided By:
Amy Mullervy, LICSW
(401) 739-4969, (401) 284-1522
390 Tollgate Road
Warwick, RI
Specialties
Family Relations, Children''s Issues, Individual Growth.

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Gay Dad - Parenting Information and Advice for Gay Dads

Useful Resource Sites for Gay Dads

While gay dads have always been around, the past couple of decades have seen them emerging from the closet. Owning up to one's homosexuality always requires courage. However, it is even more difficult for gay dads who may be concerned about the effect of their 'declaration' on their children. There is, after all, the very real fear that their children may become the targets of abuse from people with a prejudice against homosexuality .

These are some facts regarding gay dads:

  • With the legal and social stigma against homosexuality lifting, an increasing number of gay dads (and lesbian moms), who have been through a heterosexual marriage, have started coming out about their sexuality.
  • Over the last two decades, the number of gay men (and lesbian women), whether single or couples, who are choosing to have children outside socially approved marriage norms, in also on the rise.
  • Gay dads are as concerned about their children as heterosexual fathers-whether biological or adoptive-and work equally hard at providing them with a loving and secure home.
  • Gay dads (and lesbian moms) continue to come up against hostile attitudes to their parenthood. This is partly in due to a commonly held belief that children of gay parents are more likely to become gays themselves. Research has however shown that there is no truth in this assumption.

Resources for gay dads are amazingly slim. However, here...

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RI Legal Definitions of Marriage

None

No explicit provision in state law that would prohibit the recognition of same-sex marriages in other jurisdictions.